California provides all people sentenced to death in
the state with an automatic appeal to ensure against the execution of
possible innocents or otherwise less culpable defendants due to errors
at the trial level.
Because death sentences have been handed down more
quickly than attorneys can be appointed,
it currently takes between four and six years for most death row prisoners to have appellate counsel appointed.
The purpose of the UDRPP is to provide indigent prisoners on California’s death row with access to items such as postage stamps, paper, and toiletries during this long period of waiting.
Volunteers assemble packages of donated stamps and holiday cards to send to unrepresented death row prisoners to facilitate communication with their family and friends.